This julep is as fresh as it gets! If you don’t want to bother with infusing a simple syrup, the fresh mint in this recipe will give your cocktail plenty of fresh kick.
If you concoct cocktails at home like we are during the coronavirus pandemic, I highly recommend a jigger like the ones found here, many of which are not expensive. For a fun, version designed like a measuring cup so you can see each ounce, check this one out from Sur La Table (no, I’m not getting paid to say this!).
- 4–6 sprigs fresh mint
- 3/4 ounces (1.5 shots) simple syrup, store-bought or homemade
- 2 1/2 ounces (2 1/2 shots) bonded bourbon, like Bulleit or Buffalo Trace
- Gently bruise 3-4 mint leaves with a pestle or muddler, and place in a cocktail shaker with bourbon, mint simple syrup and a good handful of ice. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, gently crush the mint, then pour over the Bourbon and simple syrup, and mix well.
- Strain into a highball glass or classic silver goblet filled with shaved ice.
- Garnish with mint leaves.
Quick measurement conversion! 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons.